Located in the tranquil hills of the Sunshine Coast, Chenrezig Institute is a Buddhist study, retreat and monastic centre which provides a serene place where you can experience the authentic teachings of Tibetan Buddhists.
Many people come here to benefit from meditation classes and retreats and by enjoying the beautifully maintained gardens and the adjoining tropical forest.
Chenrezig Institute – Buddhist Study, Eudlo, Sunshine Coast
Chenrezig institute was established in 1974 and was the first of its kind in the western world. It still remains as one of the biggest institutes today. The first course offered was a month long meditation course conducted by Lama Rinpoche and Lama Yeshe in the Diamond Valley. Almost 200 people attended this course. A few students wanted to continue studying, so the mediation centre was established. With the ongoing efforts of volunteers and students, this land was converted from cattle grazing field to a vibrant centre for Buddhist education.
Chenrezig is the most loved figure in Buddhist Tradition. His mantra “OM MANI PADME HUM” means “all seeing” and it manifests itself in various forms. Chenrezig represents compassion and continuous work for the benefits of everyone. Presently, the institute houses Tibetian Lamas – a community of monks and nuns, residents, students, volunteers and guests who all work to make the world a better place to live.
The institute provides various programs of different durations. Basic courses focus on physical mental and emotional well-being. Basic courses also introduce you to Buddhism. Advanced courses focuses deeply on Buddhist philosophy and certain practices and teachings. Visitors are welcome to meditate within institute without any charges or admission fee, but donations are gratefully received.
You can easily reach the institute from Eudlo, Maroochydore or the Bruce Highway. Please remember that Chenrezig Institute is a Monastery and place for quiet contemplation, therefore may not be suitable for young noisy children.